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11-16-2010, 11:14 AM
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One shouldn't discount the fact that UNB has an almost fanatical commitment to off-season conditioning. UNB players WORK themselves into shape over the summer and early fall while other teams PLAY themselves into shape. So the V-Reds have an obvious, but hard earned, advantage over other teams in the preseason. This is one of the keys to success to their ability to beat NCAA teams - they usually get an early jump on their opponent, and usually get an early lead. As the season progresses, this conditioning gap narrows between UNB and everyone else.

The previous poster is correct to talk about UNB's roster - in the preseason games against Calgary and Alberta they had Ben Wright (until he got hurt), Ben Shutron (until he got hurt), Daine Todd and Taylor Procyshen all playing. Those are top-4 d-men and top-6 forwards they're missing. Sure, they just got back Wright ahead of schedule, but now all-Canadian Luke Gallant is out til after Christmas with a broken hand. UNB may be deep, but those are key players they're forced to make do without.

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